‘Parents Ignored’ by Pro-Transgender Policy Adoption in Loudoun County: School Board Member

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va.—Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) board on Aug. 11 approved a pro-transgender policy requiring staff to address students with their preferred pronouns, and allowing transgender students access to bathrooms and locker rooms according to their self-identified gender. In addition, the board introduced amendments that require all LCPS staff instead of mental health professionals to “complete training on topics relating to LGBTQ+ students,” and schools to create more single-user restrooms within the next five years. Policy 8040 passed seven to two, with board members Jeff Morse and John Beatty opposing. The Aug. 11 meeting was an extended session from a meeting a day before and allowed public viewing. LCPS board member John Beatty told The Epoch Times: “I feel upset about the vote. Many parents’ voices are being ignored by this decision.” “I think in Loudoun County, many parents now are so involved in what their children are learning, …

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